On Wednesday, conservative author and activist Lucianne Goldberg, who played an important role in impeaching former President Bill Clinton, passed away peacefully in her home
Her son, Dispatch editor-in-chief Jonah Goldberg, announced her passing on Thursday, writing, “My beloved mom, Lucianne Goldberg, passed away yesterday. She died peacefully at home, surrounded by people – and pets! – who loved her.”
“My mom lived the most incredible life,” he continued later in the thread. “She was wildly accomplished before most people ever heard of her during the Clinton brouhaha. Tough, brilliant, incredibly funny, she was many things to many people. But for me, she was just my mom.”
“I’m still working through my shock and grief. It was a very hard week at the end of an intensely difficult year. And now, I’m the only one left from the family I grew up in and loved so much. So I will have more to say about her, but probably not here or today. I will say I am grateful for the outpouring of concern and condolences. My apologies if I haven’t responded to everyone. There’s much to do and deal with and I really, really, want to go home,” the thread concluded.
Goldberg grew to fame after she advised her friend Linda Tripp to tape any conversations she had with Monica Lewinsky during the impeachment trial of Clinton, as noted by the Associated Press. Special prosecution lawyer Ken Starr, who passed away earlier this year, used Tripp’s 20 hours of recordings to expose Clinton’s affair with Lewinsky, which would lead to the former president’s impeachment by the house on Dec. 19, 1998, for perjury. He had previously claimed under oath that he did not have an affair. Clinton was later acquitted by the Senate.
“If you go at the king, you’d best kill the king,” Goldberg said following the impeachment, Commentary reported, “and we didn’t.”
Goldberg and Tripp became friends while Goldberg was working on a proposal for a book about Vince Foster, a Clinton aide who allegedly killed himself. After Tripp followed Goldberg’s advice and taped Lewinsky, Goldberg recommended she give them to Starr, the AP reported.
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